Gospel to All Nations

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Gal 2:1-10 | Bpk Efendi Namdin

Paul Accepted by the Apostles (Listen)

Then after fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus along with me. I went up because of a revelation and set before them (though privately before those who seemed influential) the gospel that I proclaim among the Gentiles, in order to make sure I was not running or had not run in vain. But even Titus, who was with me, was not forced to be circumcised, though he was a Greek. Yet because of false brothers secretly brought in—who slipped in to spy out our freedom that we have in Christ Jesus, so that they might bring us into slavery—to them we did not yield in submission even for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might be preserved for you. And from those who seemed to be influential (what they were makes no difference to me; God shows no partiality)—those, I say, who seemed influential added nothing to me. On the contrary, when they saw that I had been entrusted with the gospel to the uncircumcised, just as Peter had been entrusted with the gospel to the circumcised (for he who worked through Peter for his apostolic ministry to the circumcised worked also through me for mine to the Gentiles), and when James and Cephas and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given to me, they gave the right hand of fellowship to Barnabas and me, that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised. 10 Only, they asked us to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do.

Rasul Paulus setelah 14 tahun mengabarkan Injil Kristus kepada orang-orang bukan Yahudi, dia kembali ke Yerusalem atas pimpinan Allah. Di Yerusalem, Rasul Paulus menemukan tantangan dari dalam gereja di mana ada saudara-saudara palsu yang menyusup dan memberitakan Injil palsu (ayat 4, lihat juga Kis. 15:1, 5). Meskipun ada tantangan, Rasul Paulus terus mengabarkan Injil.

Inilah inti berita Galatia 2:1-10 bahwa meskipun ada tantangan, kita seharusnya terus mengabarkan Injil ke seluruh bangsa. Mengapa?

Karena Injil yang sama untuk semua bangsa telah dipercayakan kepada kita (ayat 2, 7-9)
Di ayat 2, 7-9 ada kata-kata yang diulang, yaitu pemberitaan Injil untuk orang-orang tak bersunat dan untuk orang-orang bersunat. Dan di ayat ke 7, Rasul Paulus mengatakan bahwa “kepadaku telah dipercayakan pemberitaan Injil…” Di sini Rasul Paulus ingin menekankan bahwa Injil Kristus hanya ada satu. Injil yang sama untuk semua bangsa ini juga telah dipercayakan kepada kita untuk dikabarkan.

Karena Injil memberikan kita kebebasan dan kebenaran di dalam Kristus (ayat 4-5)
Ayat 4 menjelaskan bahwa kita yang ada di dalam Kristus telah mendapatkan kebebasan, yaitu kebebasan dari belenggu dosa yang memperhambakan kita. Kebebasan ini dapat kita ketahui karena kebenaran Injil (ayat 5) yang
berasal dari Allah saja (ayat 6) dan tidak bergantung pada adat istiadat atau budaya.

Karena Injil membawa kita untuk mengasihi sesama (ayat 10)
Injil Kristus juga seharusnya membentuk hidup kita menjadi serupa dengan Kristus. Kita hanya bisa mengasihi sesama jikalau kita telah mengalami kasih Kristus yang terlebih dahulu (lihat 2 Korintus 8:9).

Ringkasan kotbah Bpk. Efendi Namdin, 13 Maret 2021